Monthly Archives: May 2017

Cultural Literacy: Addis Ababa

My definition – I have no idea. Real definition – From the Encyclopedia Britannica, “Addis Ababa [is the] capital and largest city of Ethiopia.” Advertisements

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Cultural Literacy: Addams, Jane

My definition – if I remember correctly from the series of children’s biographies I was obsessed with as child, Jane Addams worked tirelessly for the poor.  I think there was a famous house or building that she was know for. … Continue reading

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Cultural Literacy: Adaptation

My definition – to become used to something; to make changes in order to survive in a new environment Real definition – this has a lot of meanings.  From dictionary.com: 1. the act of adapting. 2. the state of being adapted; adjustment. … Continue reading

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Cultural Literacy: Adams, John Quincy

  My definition – the son of John and Abigail Adams, and a president of the United States (although I don’t remember which one) Real definition – From Wikipedia, “John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was an … Continue reading

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Cultural Literacy: Adams, John

  My definition – John Adams was Washington’s vice president, and the second president of the United States.  My general impression from high school history was that he was a grumpy old man (this may stem from the above portrait … Continue reading

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Cultural Literacy: Adam and Eve

  The Fall of Man by Peter Paul Reubens My definition – according to the Hebrew scriptures, the first two humans.  They lived in the Garden of Eden, until they were forced to leave because they ate the forbidden fruit. … Continue reading

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Cultural Literacy: adagio

  My definition – this is a music term; I think it means slowly or quietly Real definition – from Merriam-Webster, “at a slow tempo —used chiefly as a direction in music”

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